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in the connecticut school massacre. he left behind a chilling note. >> reporter: the christmas eve fire in western new york burned seven homes to the ground, but police say william spangler wanted to do much worse. he planned to burn down the entire neighborhood and "do what i like doing best, killing people." the 62-year-old shot at firefighters from a nearby bank. he killed two of them before taking his own life. police found his note and three guns, including a bushmaster rifle, similar to the weapon used m connecticut school shooting. >> he is a convicted felon. he had murdered his grandmother in 1980. he bludgeoned her to death with a hammer. >> reporter: he served 17 years in prison, and after being released moved in with his sisters. investigators found the body in the charred rubble of his home and believe it could be his sister's. the firehouse has opened up its private medical for the men killed. people are leaving behind mrourz flowers and notes of thanks to honor the firefighters who lost their lives. 19-year-old thomas was filling in for a married firefighter so they could spend chris
, connecticut. the nation's most powerful and outspoken gun lobby broke its silence tuesday releasing a short statement. meanwhile funerals are being held and school resumes more most of the schools. marley hall is live this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning, terrell. while the motive behind this tragic shooting remains unclear, one thing is for sure. emotions are still raw here in newtown, connecticut. five funerals are scheduled for today in this one small town, and people are still reeling. hundreds gathered for a memorial service to remember sandy hook elementary school principal dawn hochsprung. she died trying to stop the shooter after he broke into the school. >> you don't have to know her. you just have to know what she did was an act of selflessness and that touches humanity. >> reporter: hochsprung's funeral is just one of five that will be held today. tuesday more were laid to rest. james mattioli loved sports and math. he was a numbers guy. jessica rekos loved horses. she wanted a cowgirl hat for christmas. yesterday was a day of mixed emotion for many parents and stud
the nation. the task force is part of the reaction to the school shooting in newtown, connecticut. gun stores, though, are seeing a different kind of reaction since the massacre. record sales. gun enthusiasts are stocking up in anticipation of tighter gun laws. meanwhile more victims of the shooting were buried. marlie hall is in newtown this morning. marlie, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. the issue of gun control has come into sharp focus and many lawmakers are taking aim. connecticut senator richard blumenthal and senator-elect chris murphy met with a group called newtown united. residents who came together to push a ban on assault rifles. they may have a new supporter in president obama. he wants new laws to try to prevent another tragedy like the one at sandy hook elementary school. >> the fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean we can't steadily reduce it. >> reporter: as head of the president's task force, vice president biden will look into banning assault weapons but gun advocates say that's not necessary. >> there are lots of things we
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